Thursday, August 8, 2013

In an old house in Paris...

that was covered in vines...

If you were a little girl, or have a little girl in your life, you've probably heard of the beloved Madeline book series. When I saw Somerset Studios call for a Storybook themed item, I knew immediately, it would be Madeline for me. Over the years, I've read the book series to both of my daughters... First in the 1990's with my oldest, and then over 10 years later, to my youngest.

So months later, I was so excited to see that my Madeline canvas was chosen for the Somerset Studio July/August 2013 issue, along with many other beautiful storybook themed items.

I wanted to be sure to include the simple directions for it on my blog:
Paint the backside of an 8x10 gallery style canvas to give the piece a shadow box look. Paint a square shape on the canvas for the house. Cut a piece of burlap for the roof, paint details, and adhere to canvas for the house. Add details to the house, path, and landscapes with a thin paintbrush. Heat emboss vines onto house. Cut tiny leaves from old book pages, paint and adhere to canvas. Cut trees from old book pages, color with watercolor crayons, and adhere to the sides. Cut off leaves from the vine ribbon (May Arts) and add to trees for detail.
Cut out Madeline's coat and hat from chipboard, paint, and adhere to edge of canvas. Add the details to her hat, and draw feet with black paint. Stamp text onto a plain book page, cut out the banners, and distress edges (Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage photo) layer, and adhere to the top and bottom of canvas. Add glossy accents, and seal with a matte finishing spray.
Keep Creating~


  1. This is so awesome, Monica! I'm so glad you got published again, too! Your work is simply amazing!!!!